Mary E. Hinds News Herald
The Loudon County
Board of Education voted in favor of requesting funds from the
Loudon County Commission Thursday night.
The money would go
to pay for more firm estimates on the cost of the first projects
of the system’s building program.
Commissioner Austin Shaver made a motion at last Monday’s
commission meeting to release $1 million to the school board to
pay for engineering and architectural drawings and cost
estimates to get a better idea of how much Phase I of the
building program the county can afford to fund.
The commission had earlier in the evening voted to limit funds
to what could be raised without a property tax increase. While
most commissioners seemed in favor of releasing the money to the
school board, Loudon County Mayor Doyle Arp spoke up telling the
commissioners it was the school board’s place to request the
funds before the commission acted.
At Thursday’s school board meeting, Transportation Director Gil
Luttrell, who was filling in for the vacationing Director of
Schools Wayne Honeycutt, said on the advise of the county
commission, the board should consider requesting $1million from
the commission to get “bid worthy drawings,” to “get the
building program going.”
School board member Van Shaver immediately moved to request the
money for “hard numbers” on building program costs. Board
member Bill Marcus suggested the motion be changed to request $2
“We don’t have to
spend all the $2 million,” Marcus said adding it would be better
to have enough money instead of having to request more from the
commission should $1 million prove to be inadequate.
should be more than adequate,” Shaver replied adding that he
thought the commission’s intent was to take out a short term
loan that could be paid back from Fund 156 with no interest
while they would have to borrow $2 million and pay interest on
County Commissioner Wayne Gardin, who was in the audience,
confirmed that the commission was prepared to release the $1
million until Arp said it was inappropriate to release the funds
until the school board had formerly requested them.
After more debate the board voted to request “up to $1 million”
from the county commission to get better cost estimates for
architectural and engineering drawings for the building program.